Somerset - Visit to Mapperton House & Gardens
Sunday 29 May 2022, 11.00am to 3.00pm BST
The Cambridge Society of Somerset are delighted to invite you and your guests to join us in a visit to Mapperton House and Gardens, near Beaminster in Dorset. we shall enjoy a conducted tour of the House, full access to the Gardens and lunch together in the Coach House.
Mapperton is generally acknowledged to be one of the finest, if not the finest, of Jacobean Manor Houses in the country. It is still in the hands of the Sandwich family. (The House has featured as the setting for a number of films and television series, including the BBC’s ‘History of Tom Jones’ and the cinema films of ‘Emma’ and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’.) The House is Grade 1 listed, and the grounds and gardens Grade 2 listed. The Gardens were nominated ‘Historic Houses Garden of the Year’ in 2020.
We have arranged for this visit to take place on a Sunday in the hope that it will make it easier for those members to join us who are usually committed on weekdays. Other members of the public are likely to be visiting on that day, but our tours are exclusively for us, and we benefit as a group from a reduced rate.
Lunch will be at 1.00pm in the Coach House. Because numbers in a group touring the House are limited, we will divide into two or (more probably) three groups for that purpose, with House tours commencing at 11.00am, 12.00pm, and 2.00pm. The beautiful Gardens are accessible for independent wandering at all times. Accordingly, we ask that you let us know when booking (see below) if you are happy to tour the House at any of these times or have preferences. We shall confirm for you ahead of the event the time for your particular tour. The Gardens will be freely available to you from 11.00am and after lunch, so you can choose your own time for visiting them.
If you would like to attend this event please, contact Kate Norman using the link below.
Mapperton House (DT8 3NR) is about 6 miles south-east of Crewkerne, 3 miles from Beaminster, and close to the B3163 and Mapperton village. There are signs to the House, where there is ample free parking. On arrival, check in at the Coach House, which is the first building you come to on leaving the car park. (We will give you a simple stick-on badge to identify you as a member of our group and a coloured ticket which you will need for entry to the House.) Allow 15 minutes to get comfortably from the car park via the Coach House to the main door of the Manor House, where your tour of the House will begin. [See attached map.]
There is limited accessibilty for wheelchairs. Ordinary (as opposed to electric) wheelchairs are welcome on the ground floor of the House and in the Coach House. There is a wheelchair route for part of the Gardens. (The Gardens are on different levels, and the wheelchair route is on the upper level nearest to the House, as indicated on the visitor map.) Toilet facilities are of course available.